Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Evening Prayer - March 22, 2023, 7 p.m.

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for Wednesday in 4 Lent


Commemoration of  Jonathan Edwards, Teacher and Missionary to the Native Americans

(Lutheran Book of Worship, p. 142)

Behold, now is the acceptable time;

now is the day of salvation.

Turn us again, O God of our salvation,

that the light of your face may shine upon us.

May your justice shine like the sun,

and may the poor be lifted up.


Joyous light of glory:

of the immortal Father;

                        heavenly, holy, blessed Jesus Christ.

            We have come to the setting of the sun,

                        and we look to the evening light.

            We sing to God, the Father, Son,

                        and Holy Spirit:

            You are worthy of being praised

                        with pure voices forever.

            O Son of God, O Giver of life:

                        The universe proclaims your glory.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.


Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe, who led your people Israel by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night: Enlighten our darkness by the light of your Christ; may his Word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for you are merciful, and you love your whole creation, and we, your creatures, glorify you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.



The psalmody begins with this prayer for forgiveness and protection:


Let my prayer rise before you as incense;

                the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

O Lord, I call to you; come to me quickly;

                hear my voice when I cry to you.

Let my prayer rise before you as incense;

                the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord,

                and guard the door of my lips.

Let not my heart incline to any evil thing;

                let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers.

But my eyes are turned to you, Lord God;

                in you I take refuge. Strip me not of my life.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. 


Let my prayer rise before you as incense;

                the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.   Ps. 141:1-7



Silence for meditation.


Let the incense of our repentant prayer ascend before you, O Lord, and let your lovingkindness descend upon us, that with purified minds we may sing your praises with the Church on earth and the whole heavenly host, and may glorify you forever and ever.



Psalm  119:89-104

Lamedh Tone 2

89 O Lord, your word is | everlasting;*

                it stands firm | in the heavens.

90 Your faithfulness remains from one generation | to another;*

                you established the earth, and | it abides.

91 By your decree these continue | to this day,*

                for all things | are your servants.

92 If my delight had not been | in your law,*

                I should have perished in | my affliction.

93 I will never forget | your commandments,*

                because by them you | give me life.

94 I am yours--oh, that | you would save me!--*

                for I study | your commandments.

95 Though the wicked lie in wait for me | to destroy me,*

                I will apply my mind to | your decrees.

96 I see that all things come | to an end,*

                but your commandment | has no bounds.


Mem Tone 1

97 Oh, how I | love your law!*

                All the day long it is | in my mind.

98 Your commandment has made me wiser | than my enemies,*

                and it is | always with me.

99 I have more understanding than | all my teachers,*

                for your decrees | are my study.

100 I am wiser | than the elders,*

                because I observe | your commandments.

101 I restrain my feet from every | evil way,*

                that I may | keep your word.

102 I do not shrink | from your judgments,*

                because you your- | self have taught me.

103 How sweet are your words | to my taste!*

                They are sweeter than honey | to my mouth.

104 Through your commandments I gain | understanding;*

                therefore I hate every | lying way. 

Lord, you are just and your commandments are eternal. Teach us to love you with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves, for the sake of Jesus our Lord. Amen


Hymn 524    My God, How Wonderful Thou Art

1      My God, how wonderful thou art,

        thy majesty how bright!

        How beautiful thy mercy seat

        in depths of burning light!


2      How wonderful, how beautiful

        the sight of thee must be--

        thine endless wisdom, boundless pow'r,

        and awesome purity!


3      No earthly father loves like thee;

        no mother, e'er so mild,

        bears and forbears as thou hast done

        with me, thy sinful child.


4     Yet I may love thee too, O Lord,

        almighty as thou art,

        for thou hast stooped to ask of me

        the love of my poor heart.


5      My God, how wonderful thou art,

        thou everlasting friend!

        On thee I stay my trusting heart

        till faith in vision end.


Text: Frederick W. Faber, 1814-1863


1 Corinthians 2:6-10, 13-16

John 17:6-10

The Word of the Lord.                                        Thanks be to God.

From Jonathan Edwards's Personal Narrative


In many and various ways

God spoke to this people of old by the prophets.

  But now in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.




My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

                my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

                for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

                From this day all generations will call me blessed.

                                The Almighty has done great things for me,

                                and holy is his name.

                                He has mercy on those who fear him

                                in every generation.

                He has shown the strength of his arm;

                he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

                He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,

                and has lifted up the lowly.

                He has filled the hungry with good things,

                and the rich he has sent away empty.

                He has come to the help of his servant Israel,

                for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

                the promise he made to our fathers,

                to Abraham and his children forever.

                Glory to the Father, and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen



For the fourth week in Lent

For the commemoration of Jonathan Edwards

For renewal in the life of baptism

For dedication  to the life of God

For our own needs and the needs of others

For peace

Our Father, who art in heaven,

                        hallowed be thy name,

                        thy kingdom come,

                        thy will be done,

                                    on earth as it is in heaven.

            Give us this day our daily bread;

            and forgive us our trespasses,

                        as we forgive those who trespass against us;

            and lead us not into temptation,

                        but deliver us from evil.

            For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

                        forever and ever. Amen


Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, + the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve us.  Amen